Manchester United’s 12-Month Extension Clause in Improved Defender’s Contract

Diogo Dalot

Diogo Dalot has enjoyed a new lease of life at Manchester United since returning from last year’s loan spell at AC Milan and has quickly ingratiated himself to new boss Erik ten Hag.

Given his recent form, which Dalot carried onto the international stage with a brace against the Czech Republic, it’s likely there will be many potential suitors eyeing up a move for the talented full-back. It was widely reported that Dalot’s current deal ends in June 2023, which would present an opportunity for a European giant to snap up the Portuguese full-back on a free.

Diogo Dalot and Manchester United Contract Extension

Romano Reveals All

However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Dalot has a 12-month extension clause in his contract, and therefore may well be at Old Trafford until summer 2024.

Renewal talks are yet to commence between Dalot’s representatives and club delegates, but one would assume Ten Hag would be keen to retain the services of the former Porto defender.

If United can’t secure Dalot on a fresh, long-term deal prior to the closing weeks of the season, it’s highly likely they’ll activate the additional one-year option.

Dalot’s Dedication

The 23-year-old would surely see an improved deal as just rewards for his commitment to the club since returning from Milan at the end of the 2021/22 campaign. Despite apparent interest from other European clubs, he chose to stay and fight for his place in the United side, first whilst under the stewardship of Ole Gunner Solskjær, and then under interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

Dalot, who has been capped just six times for his native Portugal, now finds himself an integral part of Ten Hag’s plans and has started each of Manchester United’s opening eight domestic and Europa League fixtures so far this term.

Romano believes negotiations with a host of United players will commence after this year’s World Cup, with a raft of stars facing the prospect of contract expiry next summer.